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TIY: Frugal Cleaning. Cleaning an old oven without harsh chemicals.

Oh dear! My oven is in a shockingly filthy state as I simply forget to clean it…….so a few years worth of grime have built up and baked on. I want to clean this old oven without the use of harsh chemicals so I am going to try using Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) and elbow grease. Let’s see how clean I can get it….. I should add: this isn’t a quick ‘how to’ video but rather a chatty one as I’m talking about why I’m doing this…..

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: April Garden Tour (’21).

It was with some trepidation that I went back to the garden to look at the state of things at the beginning of April…..my absences this year have been much longer than in previous years. I feel like I have missed a huge chunk of time…..let’s have a tour of the garden together and see what can be done to get back on track.

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On the Sofa: Customer services & books.

It may be chilly but it’s a beautifully bright day…and that brightness brings with it a huge dollop of optimism. It has been a very busy few days so I need a few minutes of time out…..but lovely things have been happening…..including some wonderful customer services for once!

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Peppers, tomatoes & celery.

It’s time to get back on with things for the garden……I’m playing catch-up sowing my tomatoes and celery a little later than usual…..and sharing my top tips for the celery which can be a total faff to prick out and pot on. The peppers which were started in the middle of February are looking fine but definitely need to move into bigger pots…..

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Beyond Frugal: Shopping haul – £8.60 ($11.89)

One of my most frequently asked for videos over the years…here it is…my weekly shopping haul spending up to £10 ($13.83) for everything including food, cleaning stuff, clothes, travel and entertainment……. I am a little nervous to share this as I don’t think it will be what’s expected…….but this is it, this is how I live my happy, no compromise, shopping life. Please remember, this is how I live, these are my ethics….I am not saying everyone should do the same and I realise, for anyone without a vegetable garden, that this will probably be impossible. I am forever grateful to have space to grow my own food and appreciate that folk who don’t have a garden will have to fork out much more money than me simply to feed themselves.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: What to sow in April.

Welcome to April…….the busiest time of year for me with sowings (especially this year as I need to catch up with my March sowings). Here I share all the things I will be sowing in April both indoors and in the garden (some direct in the soil, some in pots/trays for transplanting later). It’s time to get super organised as every minute in the garden this month really counts for food later in the year.